Demolition comes 29 years after toxic spill at defunct E.C.Electroplating plant in Garfield
A long awaited demolition in New Jersey is kicking up concerns about toxic dust among those who live or send their kids to schools nearby.
The demolition by the Environmental Protection Agency comes 29 years after a toxic spill at the now defunct E.C.Electroplating plant in Garfield. Neil Norrell, the agency’s on-site coordinator said the structure posed no air-borne threat.
“The contamination is below ground level and that’s why the building needs to come down because I need to be able to get at that,” Norrell said.
In 1983, three tons of hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen used in electroplating, leaked from a tank at the now defunct business. Within two years, the clean-up was stopped with only a third of the toxic material removed.
The chromium leached into the ground water and 15 homes were eventually found to be contaminated. To complete the clean up, the agency needs to dig up the dirt beneath the plant’s foundation.
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